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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The federal Office of Management and Budget has denied a request to move Brunswick County back into the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. Earlier this year OMB designated the county as part of the Myrtle Beach MSA.

“OMB’s decision makes no practical, economic, or common sense!” Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) said in a news release. “Anyone who knows our region understands that Brunswick County is part of the greater Wilmington area and not part of South Carolina!”

McIntyre had led the charge to appeal the decision to OMB. In a letter to the Congressman dated yesterday, OMB Associate Director for Legislative Affairs Kristen Sarri wrote “OMB is required by law to develop and oversee the use of government-wide standards for statistical data and the process used to delineate metro and micro areas must be based first on population data, and must be applied in the same way to all communities across the country.”

Brunswick County’s designation will likely last 10 years until new census data is available.

“OMB simply does not understand; they do not get it!” McIntyre said. “Contrary to the statement issued in their decision, it is NOT the Myrtle Beach area that ‘accounts for the larger portion of Brunswick County’s population.’ What accounts for the growth in Brunswick County is its own inherent economic and environmental qualities, which have attracted thousands of people to the move to the beautiful coastal and tranquil rural areas of Brunswick County, as well as the opportunities afforded by Wilmington.”

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  • Vog46

    I’m crushed.
    Now we’ll NEVER get that ball park because the population density and metro WILM numbers will be too small.
    Oh the horror.

    But in all seriousness this does impact us in many different ways from what I can gather about it.
    GO MB Pelicans!!!
    Oh no they’re showing a 20% average attendance decline from last year!
    Someone should remind them they have Brunswick County NC in their MSA!


  • Wilmington Observer

    When this story “first broke” the, vast majority, of Brunswick County commenters preferred to be associated with Myrtle Beach instead of Wilmington. I say no more attention, efforts or funds should be wasted in the hopes of a “reversal”.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Guest2020

    You are right on all counts.

  • Guest45

    “OMB’s decision makes no practical, economic, or common sense!” Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) said in a news release.

    News flash, gee Mike, nothing you have said or done for the last 8 years have made any practical, economic, or common sense to the taxpayers of southeastern NC, is this just a way of life for you guy’s in government positions????????? Sure am glad to seeing this state start breaking a 100 plus years of bad habits and struggling to get on the right track, and while we are on the subject Mike, what was that you were saying about illegal immigration on your last campaign tour??? Seems to have gotten sidetracked till next election, why not help us clear up all the employers of these illegals now!

  • Beach bum

    I want no part of anything to do with Wilmington. I want my business to be subsidized and flourish with the tourist from Myrtle Beach.

    They are not self righteous pompous vain assholes like ALL wilmingtonians are.

    I am Beach Bum and I approve this message…

  • Guest2020

    I am a resident of Brunswick County, but I was born and raised in Wilmington and I take exception of you lumping all Wilmingtonians together like that. Granted that as a whole, that is the atmosphere that is produced, but not every Wilmingtonian is as you describe.

  • Guest Reply

    They push too hard…they’ll cause an Earthquake!


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